Carpets: Some of your questions answered

For decades, Leonard Carpets has been providing clients with the best flooring solutions. While we offer an extensive range of flooring options, including luxury vinyl tiles, wooden floors, etc. however, our carpets remain extremely popular.

We provide carpets to clients nationwide. As one of Ireland's most popular carpet retailers, we often get questions about our carpet range. To make this information a little more accessible to our clients, we have compiled the most popular questions below.


How do I clean a carpet?

So, when cleaning carpets, the first step is always to vacuum them thoroughly. You want to remove any loose dirt and debris before you start with any cleaning solutions.


Next, if you have any stains or spots, you'll want to pre-treat them with a stain remover or a mixture of water and white vinegar. This can help loosen up the stain and make it easier to remove.


When choosing a cleaning solution, there are a few different options. You can use carpet shampoo, a steam cleaning solution, or a dry carpet cleaner, depending on what works best for your carpet type.


It's essential to test the cleaning solution on a small, inconspicuous area of the carpet first to ensure it doesn't cause any damage or discolouration. And always follow the manufacturer's instructions for using the solution.


After applying the cleaning solution, you'll want to rinse the carpet thoroughly with clean water to remove any residue. And then, use a wet/dry vacuum or a clean towel to remove as much water as possible from the carpet.


The final step is to allow the carpet to dry completely before walking on it or replacing any furniture.



Should all carpets be cleaned by hand?

Not necessarily. While hand cleaning can be effective for spot-cleaning or delicate carpets, it's not always the best option for deep-cleaning an entire carpet. Many carpet cleaning solutions are designed to be used with machines, such as carpet shampooers or steam cleaners, which can help to loosen and remove dirt and stains more effectively than hand-cleaning.


However, it's important to note that not all carpets are suitable for machine cleaning. For example, some natural fibre carpets, such as wool or silk, may be too delicate for machine cleaning and may require special care. Additionally, some carpets may be prone to shrinkage or other damage when exposed to water, so it's essential to read the manufacturer's instructions and guidelines before cleaning.


In general, the best approach is to follow the manufacturer's recommendations for cleaning and care and choose a cleaning method appropriate for your carpet type and level of dirt and stains. If you're unsure how to clean your carpet safely and effectively, consult a professional cleaning service.



How do you measure a room for a carpet?

Measuring a room for carpet is a pretty simple process! First, you'll want to measure the room's length by using a measuring tape to measure from one end of the room to the other along the longest wall. Make sure to round up to the nearest foot.


Next, measure the room's width from one side to the other along the shortest wall. Again, round up to the nearest foot.


Once you have the length and width measurements, multiply them to get the room's square footage. For example, if the room is 12 feet long and 10 feet wide, the square footage would be 120 square feet (12 x 10 = 120).


If the room has alcoves or other irregular areas, measure them separately and add them to the total square footage.


When shopping for carpet, adding 10% to 15% to the total square footage is always a good idea to account for waste, cutting, and fitting. This will help ensure enough carpet to cover the entire room.


If you still need to figure out how to measure a room for carpet, feel free to ask for help from a professional carpet installer or salesperson. They'll be able to provide you with guidance and advice to help you get an accurate measurement.



Is there a difference between living and bedroom carpets?

Yes, there can be some differences between living room carpets and bedroom carpets. While both types of carpets are designed to be comfortable and durable, some factors can affect the type of carpet that's best for each room.


For example, living room carpets may need to be more stain-resistant and durable than bedroom carpets, as they tend to get more foot traffic and may be more prone to spills and accidents. On the other hand, bedroom carpets may focus more on comfort and softness, as they're usually where people want to relax and feel cosy.


Additionally, the size and shape of the room can also impact the best carpet type. Living rooms tend to be larger and may require more square footage of carpet, whereas bedrooms may be smaller and require less carpet.


Ultimately, the best carpet for your living room or bedroom will depend on your preferences and needs. When shopping for carpet, consider factors such as durability, comfort, stain resistance, and size to help you choose the best carpet for each room in your home.


Do you still have questions about our extensive carpet range? Please call us directly or browse our range in our online store.


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